Derby misery continues at Anfield

By Michael Kenrick 01/04/2017  373 Comments  [Jump to last]

Morgan Schneiderlin misses this game and the next at Old Trafford
Liverpool 3 - 1 Everton

Decimated by injuries, Koeman turns to youngsters Pennington, Holgate, Calvert-Lewin and Davies for the Anfield derby, where Everton entered the game having not won foe the longest period in their history.

A lively start saw the Everton youngsters pushing forward from the start and showing every sign of the intent and desire needed to take the game to Liverpool. Calvert-Lewin and then Davies and Barkley tired to press their way into the Liverpool area.

Can was caught by Barkley after lunging in for a 50-50 ball but no yellow card, only a talking to both captains from referee. But in their first attack, Mane scored with ease for Liverpool past a poorly positioned Robles with three defenders unable to block him.

Coutinho was next to dance into the Everton area, this time Williams was across to stop him, but the three-man back-line was already teetering, the gameplan in ruins, and Everton no longer winning tackles, no longer pressing forward and in danger of being overrun. Two terrible passes direct to red shirts from Baines didn't help. A good pass to Lukaku's feet just bounced back off him to a Liverpool defender.

A much better attack finally saw blue shirts in the Liverpool area but Holgate's cross was just too high for Lukaku. Everton could not hold possession and the Reds attack but thankfully their passing was poor too.

Barkley turned well and drove forward but his ball to Lukaku was telegraphed and Liverpool attacked with pace, Robles saving well but high as Coutinho sailed past Pennington the ball looping up toward the net where Jagielka was smart enough to get back and head it off the line.

Baines won Everton's first corner and took it, Jagielka heading wide at the near post. Barkley then drove forward but was cut down by Can in a decent position for Baines to drive into the big red wall. Davies dived in on Mane late, taking out Barkley as well, earning a yellow card. But Davies then was fouled by Lucas.

Baines took Everton's second corner and it was Matthew Pennington who tuned it in off Gueye after it had been flicked on at the near post. 1-1, Game on.

But Coutinho found space, danced past Blue shirts and curled the ball past Robles again, hopelessly beaten and Everton blocking absent. Pennington and Holgate were struggling. A Liverpool corner ended with a push by a red shirt.

Everton looked to break forward but Barkley showed too much of it to Lovren and stood on Lovren's foot as he tried to recover the ball: yellow card (never a red despite rabid calls from the 'pundits'). Lucas bundled into Holgate in front of the technical area, as the Blues continued to labour when they did get forward, with very little service to Lukaku, Calvert-Lewin seeing precious little of the ball.

Coutinho threatened again but Gueye dispossessed him brilliantly before the whistle went for half-time, with Everton struggling to play their forward game.

Lukaku went wide and had to cross, but nothing came of it after the game restarted with no changes from Ronald Koeman. Calvert-Lewin was tripped, Barkley played in a very good ball that Williams got his foot to but no force. Easy for Mignolet.

At the other end, Can's shot ricocheted off Coutinho with the goal gaping, while at the other end, Barkley won a corner but it was headed away. Barkley slipped and was trodden on. Holgate could not cross Barkley's free-kick.

Calvert-Lewin had a chance to run forward with a loose ball that he was easily relieved of. That was after Baines and Mane had tangled, Mane requiring treatment.Walking to the sideline, he then collapsed dramatically on the touchline and rolledd back onto the pitch.

Barkley conjoured a shot that deflected up and bounced up into Mignolet's hands.Barkley then made a brilliant run across the dee but Holgate was blocked immediately. At the other end, Origi lashed a shot wide across goal.

In the next attack, Coutinho created the opportunity aand Origi was given all the space in the world, Williams massively at fault, and made no mistake.

A poor touch by Williams left him no option but to dive in with Can also stretching but the Everton player picked up the third yellow card of the game, Can's knee giving him trouble. While Barry and Valencia replaced Pennington and Davies.

Can came in with his studs showing on Gueye: Yellow card. Everton put together a good attack but somehow they failed to score. [69']

Everton attacked again but it broke down and there was a lot of space behind them.

Holgate's early cross won a free-kick as Milner handled the ball behind. Baines drove it in but it was headed away.

Calvert-Lewin was no match for Matic down the Everton left. Everton looked to break but Lovren made an easy tackle to keep the ball away from Lukaku. Can wriggled away from Baines and Arnold stabbed the ball toward the top corner but Robles pulled off a brilliant save to push it away.

Liverpool attacked with more intent and Robles had to be alert, with Mirallas replacing Calvert-Lewin for the last 10 minutes. Barkley was dispossessed by Origi in his own area, resulting in a corner that was defended away. But they kept pushing the dispirited Blues back, Arnold taking a potshot that Robles patted down.

An increasingly rare Everton attack was halted when Lukaku was accused of pushing. Everton had nothing to offer as the game had been lost since well before Origi's goal. Mirallas lashed over after making a good run from midfield. Lukaku played in a poor cross that was well past Barkley at the far post.

The pain was finally brought to an end. Eighteen games at Anfield in the 21st Century without an Everton win. Pitiful.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Can [Y:67'], Lucas, Wijnaldum, Mane (56' Origi), Firmino (91' Klavan), Coutinho (76' Alexander-Arnold).Subs: Karius, Grujic, Moreno, Woodburn.

Everton: Robles, Jagielka, Williams [Y:63'], Holgate, Pennington (66' Barry), Davies [Y:26'] (66' Valencia), Gana, Baines, Barkley [Y:38'], Lukaku, Calvert-Lewin
Subs:Stekelenburg, Kenny, Lookman, Kone, Mirallas.

Referee: Anthony Taylor

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